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A Celebration of the Life and Work of Thomas Szasz

Dr. Szasz
Brilliant, thought-provoking and the world’s most recognized psychiatrist over the past 50 years, Dr. Szasz was Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse since 1956 (Emeritus since 1990), Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Humanist of the Year (1973). With 35 books, including “Myth of Mental Illness”, over 400 written pieces and hundreds of presentations, the always lucid, witty and provocative Dr Szasz has been seen as a “philosopher of liberty”, humanist, libertarian, and “the biggest of the antipsychiatry intellectuals”.


Friday, August 8, 2014
Everson Museum
8am to 3pm - reception to follow

Tentative Agenda8:15- 8:45Registration8:45- 9:00Welcome

Gregory Eastwood, MD,
Interim President
SUNY Upstate Medical University


Robert Gregory, MD,
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry

The Life of Thomas Szasz9:00- 9:20Tom Szasz: a Portrait of a Remarkable ManEugene Kaplan, MD
Professor and Chair Emeritus
The Work of Thomas Szasz: Theoretical aspects9:20- 9:30Rules of EngagementMantosh Dewan, MD
Distinguished Service Professor
9:30- 10:10Language, Logic and Metaphor in the Writing of Thomas Szasz
Suggested Readings:
Fifty Years After the Myth of Mental Illness
Mental Illness is No Metaphor: Five Uneasy Pieces
On Myths and Countermyths
Psychiatric Diagnosis and the Pathologist's View of SchizophreniaRonald Pies, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
10:10- 10:50Agency and responsibility
Suggested Readings:
Insanity: The Idea and it's Consequences
Illustrative TextsRobert Daly, MD
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
10:50- 11:30Suicide prohibition: Shame, Blame or Social Aim?
Suggested Readings:
Criteria for a Good Death
Suicide and Communal Values
The Shame of Medicine Prohibition
Why are people with mental illness excluded from the rational suicide debate?James Knoll, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry
11:30- 1:00Lunch on your own1:30- 2:10Incompetence to be tried, the insanity defense, and involuntary commitment: The Szaszian Libertarian ViewFred Cohen, Esq
Teaching Professor of Psychiatry;
Professor Emeritus, Graduate School Of Criminal Justice, SUNY AlbanyThe Work of Thomas Szasz: Clinical aspects2:10- 2:50The clinical wisdom of Thomas Szasz
Mantosh Dewan, MD
Distinguished Service Professor3:00- 5:00Reception outside around fountains